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Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance – User Account Control Popups

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Today, I am writing about a tip for getting rid of annoying Windows Vista UAC (User Account Control) popup screens.


If you have been using the Microsoft Windows Vista Business default settings then You must have seen the UAC popup screen whenever you install a new software OR change properties of your Windows Vista network card/hardware OR uninstall a software OR Run System Restore etc. It’s quite irritating and anomaly of Microsoft Windows Vista that keeps bugging its user again and again even if he/she is doing trying to do some configuration changes through same Windows Vista program, right?

To make things clearer, one of the User Account Control (UAC) popup screen that appeared when I try looking the properties of my Windows Vista Business PC network card is shown:

Windows Vista Business Annoying UAC User Account Control Popup Of Network Connections Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

The most irritating thing that I find with UAC is that it doesn’t learn or there is no option to “Remember the action”. E.g. If I am troubleshooting a Network card problem and changing its properties again and again to see what solves the problem, the UAC must have an option to “Don’t Ask me again for this action” so that I don’t have to click on Continue again and again for doing the repeated changes in OS Network card configuration for troubleshooting purpose. It looks that Microsoft is itself doubting its own Operating System database and the user’s intelligence to detect and control the same UAC popups. Even the basic free software – ZoneAlarm Firewall Free Edition and Spyware Terminator and many more software have the option of giving some control to the user for remembering his/her approved actions. They allow user to access program/s that are considered secure by the user without prompting him/her again and again with the same old questions (the XYZ program is trying to launch, Do you want to allow it?).

Here are the steps that I followed to turn UAC Off at my Windows Vista Business PC.

- Reached Control Panel (Clicked on Start, Settings and then clicked on Control Panel). Got the screen as shown next (ignore all the red labels done for explanations):

Windows Vista Business User Account Control in Control Panel Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

- In the above screen, I single clicked on User Accounts and then got another screen as shown next. (Notice that the address bar shows Control Panel – User Accounts now)

Windows Vista Business User Accounts in Control Panel Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

- In the above screen, I single clicked on User Accounts and got the screen as shown next:

Turn User Account Control On or Off setting in Vista Control Panel Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

- I clicked on Turn User Account Control on or off

- UAC screen as shown next appeared, clicked on Continue

Windows Vista Business Annoying UAC User Account Control Popup Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

- Unchecked “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer” and clicked on OK. The screenshot shown next is the one after unchecking the default UAC option that was checked by default:

Windows Vista Business User Account Control On or Off Checkbox In Control Panel Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

Got the message titled “Microsoft Windows” of choosing either – Restart Now or Restart Later. As I had to work on my PC, I clicked on Restart Later. You can choose either of these two above options (Restart Now or Restart Later) accordingly. The following screenshot shows the Restart Now or Restart later box and the Windows SecurityCenter alert after I had turned the UAC off.

Restart Later or Now And SecurityCenter alert box after turning UAC Off in Windows Vista Getting Rid Of One Of The Microsoft Windows Vista Annoyance   User Account Control Popups

I ignored SecurityCenter alert by clicking on X and closing its box (it just warned me that I have changed the UAC from On to Off).

Now after turning off UAC setting and restarting your Vista PC, you will not receive any of the annoying Windows popups that used to appear earlier from Windows Vista OS.

At the end of this post, I will again write that Microsoft must give an option to the Windows Vista user of remembering the actions considered safe by the user with respect to its internal OS management and configuration (device management, program management etc.). There is no point in wasting the user’s time in asking the same questions w.r.t Windows configuration changes of the same hardware or software again and again.

In my few months of using Windows Vista Business with UAC turned ON, I have never even seen a genuine threat being detected and alerted by the UAC. I already have Mcafee SecurityCenter (Antivirus and firewall etc.), Spyware Terminator, Scotty WinPatrol and Anti key logger on my PC and doesn’t find UAC popups (with UAC turned ON initially) interesting enough to increase my computer security as claimed by Microsoft.


To make sure that I am not being prompted by UAC popup again after turning UAC off, I restarted my PC after sometime and after the desktop appeared, went to the Properties of my network card of my Windows Vista PC and was able to explore all the settings without the annoying User Account Control (UAC) popups.

If you are using the default Windows Vista OS configuration, don’t you find UAC popups annoying? If yes, then turn them off using the above given steps of this post.

Hope that this procedure of turning UAC popups off helps you in saving some of your time that you would have otherwise wasted in unnecessary clicking on UAC popups for some of your well known and thus non risky OS management and configuration tasks.

Did you find this tip useful? Let me know.

Rajesh

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